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After 17 years, Wladis leaves JAO


A couple Jewish Academy students wrap their arms around each other as Rabbi David Kay leads Kabbalat Shabbat and the reception for Principal Shari Wladis, who is standing to the left with Head of School Alan Rusonik.

On Friday, April 28, the Jewish Academy of Orlando bid farewell to Shari Wladis, principal of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The entire school community of students, teachers and parents commemorated her 17-year tenure during a Kabbalat Shabbat and reception, which was led by special guest Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom. Current teachers, as well as past teachers participated.

"The event celebrated her achievements and was really touching," said parent Robyn Eichenholz. "I think it said a lot about Shari to have people who used to work at the school come to this event," she added.

Shari's decision to pursue other interests beyond the Jewish Academy will begin in June.

Wladis held many positions at the school, from parent volunteer and Horim U' Morim president to kindergarten teacher to principal and Interim head of school. Through every change, her dedication and support was always apparent.

"From my experience with many extraordinary educators over the last 29 years, I can honestly say that Shari is one of the most hardworking, dedicated, committed and knowledgeable professionals with whom I have been associated," said Alan Rusonik, head of school. "We owe Shari our gratitude for almost two decades of commitment to the Jewish Academy and the community."

The school has hired a director of academics, who will work with the teachers on curriculum and instruction for the upcoming school year and into the future.

"This new position will enable the school to maintain and improve the high quality education that our families and community associate with the Jewish Academy," said Rusonik.

To further support Jewish education and your local Jewish day school, to get involved or for any questions, please contact Alan Rusonik, head of school, at 407-647-0713.


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